Welcome to my new website.
Once again, I am running for re-election for Councilor-at-Large from Ward 5.
As your Representative for nearly six terms now, I continue to serve on two substantive committees: I chair the Zoning and Planning Committee, where we review and recommend rules governing land use development, and continue to serve on the Public Facilities Committee, which I led for eight years.
I came to the Council with a long resume of volunteer service on numerous Boards and Commissions, as well as a record of activism in support of community preservation, environmental protection, more thoughtful city planning, and more open and accountable government in Newton.
My architectural background has also helped me contribute meaningfully to develop and implement plans to improve critical city infrastructure, evaluate numerous public building projects and shape city policies to better manage the built environment. I wish to continue my work on the City Council, to ensure wise stewardship of Newton's built and natural environments, greater economic stability and a diverse and welcoming community.
Over the past dozen years, city leaders have made strong progress in putting the city on a more solid financial footing. Our Capital Plan is based on a thorough assessment of municipal buildings and infrastructure, and thanks to strategic planning, the successful 2013 override and judicious spending, Newton has been able to advance projects to rebuild elementary schools and fire stations, update emergency communications, advance roadway and sidewalk reconstruction projects, rehabilitate our aging water, sewer and stormwater systems. It has been gratifying to participate deeply in the process to assure this work is thoughtfully designed, well-managed and of a quality that will last for generations to come.
I am pleased that the city is again moving ahead with capital projects after COVID interrupted much of this work in 2020. There is so much more work ahead. We can and must be even better caretakers of our city as we continue to invest wisely in our future. We must incorporate advanced pedestrian safety measures as we continue an assertive road and sidewalk rehabilitation and maintenance, support development of more robust multi-modal transit, much more heavily invest in our park and conservation areas and carefully lay the groundwork to facilitate desperately needed housing options affordable to seniors, young adults and families. As leaders, we must manage a carefully prioritized capital plan and make strategic investments that will strengthen our community and prepare for a sustainable quality of living for our community.
My husband and I and our two children have experienced the many advantages of Newton's exceptional public schools, diversity and quality of life. I wish to work to help protect and build upon these qualities and to pass on to you and many generations a secure and sustainable future.
I am confident that my record of accomplishment demonstrates I can continue to make a meaningful contribution to this work.
You can count on me to listen to your concerns, do my homework - and act with integrity to serve our community. I look forward to continued collaboration with our mayor, City Council and School Committee.
Please explore my website to get to know me a little better, contact me if you have a question, comment or want to share what you feel are the most important issues facing Newton.
All of Newton can vote in this election, and I ask once again for your vote on November 2!
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